Is Quinoa Nutritious?

Though most of us know about quinoa, we know very less about its health benefits and that is the reason why we still eat other grains like rice and wheat more than quinoa.

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In fact, quinoa is said to be more healthy. Also, if your diet lacks enough of minerals, you must try adding quinoa to your diet.

A single cup of quinoa contains fibre, protein, folate, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, phosphorous, folate, magnesium, calcium, vitamin B, vitamin E and manganese. So, it is very nutritious. Now, let us know about its benefits.

Benefit #1

Quinoa soothes your digestive system and prevents constipation. The fibre content in it can move your bowels and keep you feel relieved.

Benefit #2

It contains riboflavin which is said to prevent migraine headaches by expanding blood vessels.

Benefit #3

It contains anti-oxidants which fight free radicals. Among some types of legumes and cereals, quinoa is said to contain higher levels of anti-oxidants.

Benefit #4

Certain studies also claim that quinoa can minimise the chances of heart issues and stroke. It can reduce the buildup of plaque and clean the walls of arteries.

Benefit #5

It is a good source of protein and contains almost all amino acids and is therefore better than grains of various types.

Benefit #6

It can also minimise the chances of suffering diabetes. Also, as it contains healthy carbs that absorb slowly, it never spikes blood sugar levels.

Benefit #7

Quinoa is gluten-free. If you wish to avoid pasta, wheat or oatmeal you can consider quinoa. Also, it contains less calories and still boosts your metabolism helping you lose weight.

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Story first published: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 15:06 [IST]
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